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Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1 - I Met a Traveler...!; The Curse of the Crimson Corsair, The Devil in the Deep: Part Five Review

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The World's Smartest Man and the one responsible for a lot of things in WATCHMEN gets his own comic detailing his past.

Get ready for a feast for your eyes as we see details on Ozymandias' story...even though we already pretty much know it all.

The Good

The first thing you'll notice about this comic is the amazing, yet simple, cover by Jae Lee. We've seen some beauties from Lee recently on WOLVERINE and THE DARK TOWER. The great thing is Lee also does the interiors. This is a truly beautiful comic. It's almost difficult to look at this comic and think about the original WATCHMEN issues with the difference in art and color.

Assuming you've read WATCHMEN already, you know the importance of Ozymandias in the overall story. This issue digs into his backstory. We see him as a child and the events that lead to him becoming a costumed hero. The majority of the issue is told through a narrative by Ozymandias. We get his perspective on everything that happens.

The story here has already been told in WATCHMEN #11. I recall not really caring too much for Adrian Veidt the first time around but seeing his origin here, you develop more of a connection to him. Rather than the events being unfolded over a couple pages, we get to see them in details and there's more of an emotional connection.

The Bad

I was completely blown away by the art on each page. When we had the opportunity to check out all the miniseries at DC's Burbank office, we got to see the penciled/unlettered version of this issue as well. Where this is a problem is some action scenes feel a little static. Each image is like a work of art but they look more like single images at times rather than part of a complete story.

The other problem is, as mentioned, we already know all of this. It's a nice refresher if you haven't read the original series recently or if you just want to see it told more in depth.

The Verdict

One of the most important characters in WATCHMEN finally has his own miniseries. We saw his origin in the original WATCHMEN but now we get to see more details with gorgeous art by Jae Lee. This is a good and bad thing. We already know the story but seeing it spread out like this is a way to feel more of a connection to the character. We get a better idea of what motivates him. He has become increasingly more interesting and it will be interesting to see where the rest of this series takes the character and if it will add anything new.

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Posted by RedQueen

Completely agree, not exactly seeing the necessity of this issue.... hopefully future issues will bring new ideas. The art is amazing...so this is on my pull list.

Posted by BaBaBoom

The only Before Watchmen book that I'm actually going to follow.

Posted by Fantasgasmic

I disliked this comic. It felt slow and boring. Maybe it's because Adrian was my least favorite character in the original series, but I just couldn't care less about him being smart or getting bullied for being smart. As far as the art, I liked the painted look and all, but I didn't see a head that didn't look off. A lot of the times heads were too small for the bodies, and the faces looked squished.

I'd give it 2.5/5

Posted by lifeboy
Im looking foward to this one most. I didnt even know that ozymondias was adrian from the movie. Now that i know, it makes it even more better:)
Posted by Ganthetsward20

The retelling of his journey into Ozymandias was awesome even though we already had it ploted out seeing it made it way better. By far my favorite of the ones out already.

Posted by PRECOCIOUSnefarious

I feel like if anyone needed their own mini series it was adrian. He set nearly everything into action in watchmen with little to no development of his personal charecter so its cool to see where he came from. The art made this book for me.

Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7

I loved this issue.

Posted by JediXMan

I refuse to even look at this or any of the other Before Watchmen comics.

Posted by rickygabrielbird

Does he wear a mask in this? All the pictures seem odd without it.

Posted by AngelComa

@rickygabrielbird: At the end, yes.

Posted by texasdeathmatch

Whaaaa? Jae Lee art you say? I might have to check this out

Posted by nickthedevil

Nah, i have to disagree. We saw Veidt's origin in the original, yes, but it was vague. Really. This just answered many questions